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December 16, 2020


Data Science News

Ring in the new year with Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry workshops! During the month of January, we will be hosting data carpentry and software carpentry workshops. Each workshop will last four days with instruction taking place in the morning. Registration for both workshops are now open.
LabArchives now integrates with Jupyter Notebooks! You can use the integration to save time analyzing, documenting and downloading Jupyter files; eliminate the need to save separate .html versions of Jupyter files; view Jupyter files on the same page as procedures and other project metadata; and view Jupyter files' revision histories with LabArchives' "view revisions" function.

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops

January 18, 20, 22, & 25, 2021, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Register

January 4, 6, 8, 11. 13. 2021, 9 a.m- 12:30 p.m. | Register

Upcoming Seminars & Events

SILO Seminar Series, 12:30 p.m.
Dec 16, Structured Prediction for Molecular Inverse Problems, Eric Jones.

The Wild World of Data Repositories
Speakers will cover nuances of general and domain-specific repositories, what curators look for, what to do when you want to deposit both data and software, designing tools to help researchers provide the right metadata to maximize reuse, making data reuse easier with R tools like piggyback, and their vision for new tools and documentation.
Dec. 16, 12 p.m. CT | Register

Student Opportunities

New Spring 2021 Class Offering
ECE 901: Nonparametric Methods in Data Science with Robert Novak. This course will cover the theoretical foundations of approximation theory and nonparametric statistics, studying classical methods such as reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces and splines as well as more modern approaches including wavelets and neural networks. Mondays and Fridays 2:30-3:45 p.m., virtually.

Professional Opportunities


On Campus

This position will be an outstanding professional-development opportunity for a graduate student in the social sciences, education, law, communication, or library science, especially a student on a professional trajectory. The American Family Insurance Data Science Institute (AFIDSI) performs cutting-edge research in the fundamentals of data science, and catalyzes the translation of this research into practice to advance scientific discovery in collaboration with researchers across campus and beyond. Apply by December 18.

Under the direction of Drs. Matthew Churpek and Majid Afshar, whose research focuses on using electronic health record data combined with epidemiology, biostatistics and machine learning methods to improve the care of hospitalized patients, the data scientist will be responsible for data cleaning and management, the development and maintenance of clinical research databases, and the development and execution of complex data analyses and modeling projects. Apply by December 31.

Off Campus

The rstudio::global conference planning committee has planned for 70 diversity scholarships available to individuals around the world who are a member of a group that is underrepresented at rstudio::conf(). These groups include people of color, those with disabilities, elders/older adults, LGBTQ folks, and women/minority genders. In past years, we have had to limit our scholarships geographically due to visa issues and we are happy to have no such limitations this year. Apply by December 18.

For 6 months, this developer will work closely with the agile Dryad product development team and the Frictionless technical team to implement enhancements to the file upload feature in the Dryad data publishing platform. Successful candidates will be familiar with Ruby on Rails and Python, and React experience is desirable. Apply by December 18.

Promega is seeking someone to lead projects, provide advanced analytics, and reporting support to Promega. This entails assisting business units with business development efforts sales, marketing initiatives/strategy, voice of the customer initiatives, and competitor intelligence activities.

Thing is an informal, high-energy, small-team environment. Programming is rapid, creative, and unencumbered by process. They want to hire people who care about books and libraries, and believe in an open and humane vision of the future for both. They live to create technologies that make readers happy and keep libraries vital.

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